(09/02/13) - We are learning more about the economic impact of a fire that badly damaged a longtime Lapeer County business.
It happened early Saturday morning at Bluebird Enterprises, in Burnside Township, near Imlay City.
Looking at the damage caused by a fast moving fire, Andrew and Scott Lewis are still trying to wrap their minds around the loss their Lapeer County business has suffered.
"We started it together, it's a family owned business. Could have been a total loss. We were able to pull some equipment out and take it to another building," Andrew said.
Bluebird Enterprises has long been a provider of jobs in the small community near Imlay City. Now, the fire has forced them to issue temporary pink slips to more than 20 of their 87 employees.
"Very hard, especially in a community in the Thumb, 'cause there's not a lot of work up here," Andrew said.
The fire comes just as the tier two automotive supplier was celebrating a turnaround. After a rough couple years, business was improving drastically, and a help wanted sign was hoping to bring more employees on board.
"We were finally getting ahead again and then this happens, but I don't think it will slow us down too much, we're going to get everything up and running and continue on," Scott said.
No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, so there were no injuries.
It took firefighters hours to put out the flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire marshal is expected there on Thursday.
The damage is estimated to be upwards of $2 million. The owners say they are certain they will re-build here.
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